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16 easy and inexpensive ways to boost your curb appeal

The outside of your property is where a buyer begins to evaluate how much they will pay. Sure, they can be heavily influenced by a spectacular view or a swoon-worthy kitchen but the front of your home is where the decision process begins. How…
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How to save for a house down payment in 5 years or less.

A couple of the younger girls in my office have been talking about money recently, namely how little they have, and I realised not everyone understands how to save.   I think we ladies can sometimes have an unconscious presumption that our…
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Stories from the trenches: real estate is not for the faint hearted

I totally understand that real estate agents have a bad reputation historically all over the world, not just in Terrigal or North Avoca.  I’m not so sure I understand it but certainly there has been room for improvement over the years. Hopefully…
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44 Tips on packing your house for a move 

 Congratulations! You have sold the house and found the new one. Start making lists.  Lists will be your friend.  Make lists and check them off. We are discussing packing and moving here, so assuming you have already arranged change of…
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What can I buy for a Million Dollars AUS?

As you may know, I have lived in several countries and sold real estate on two continents. I've loved everywhere I have lived, but it got me thinking... $1,000,000 is about the average price for a property on the Central Coast.  Some higher,…
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The Star Thrower or Starfish story

The Starfish or Star Thrower Story is an adaption from Loren Eiseley’s writings. Loren Eiseley was  an American publisher, philosopher, anthropologist and educator. His story 'The Star Thrower'  is quite often used by inspirational…
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A day in the life of an Agent (aka Superwoman!)

You want to know what a real estate agent does?  Money for jam, right? Here's a snapshot... 6:23am - Reply to overnight emails and delete spam. Review recently sold statistics and what new houses have come to market in Terrigal and North…
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Tips for buyers

Don't feel that the agent is your enemy.  We don't get paid unless you are a happy buyer so even though legally we work for the vendors, a good agent will make sure the buyer is well taken care of. Make the agent your friend.  If you like…
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Movie houses I have lusted after

The trouble with movie houses is they aren’t real.  I mean most of them are just facades, agonised over by the designer and perfectly staged and lit, then torn down after shooting is finished.  Some are quick glimpses of the outside, then…
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6 Essentials of what to declutter before moving

In a previous life I was a Professional Organiser. Yes, that’s right.  I had a name badge and everything. National Association of Professional Organisers- NAPO. Carol Jennings – member.  We were hired to go into clutter challenged homes…
Open House Etiquette
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Open house etiquette for the open house challenged

  Apparently this is tricky for some so I thought I might help the general population with tips and tricks regarding the attendance at an open house.  This is where a property has been opened by a real estate agent to allow prospective…
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When is the best time of year to sell in 2260?

  One of the biggest questions real estate agents are asked is ‘When is the best time of year to sell?’    There is a perception that Spring is the best time of year to sell.  The sun is out.  Leaves are firmly on tree branches…